Greetings! Top of the Morning is your daily AM news round-up. We paid attention overnight while you were sleeping and gathered relevant tidbits to share over that first cup of coffee.
A radio station in Houston has switched from a news format to an all-Beyoncé format. Yep. It’s going to be all Bey, all day for the FM station News92, now renamed B92-FM. Now while it sounds like a dream to get to listen to nonstop “***Flawless,” the spectacular stunt has a downside as well. Forty-seven employees were laid off during the transition. So this is the part where Beyoncé needs to channel her inner Oprah, sweep in and gift them all some concert tickets, at the very least.
Is a new Rihanna album on the way? It’s been two years since the release of Unapologetic and the public is clamoring for more. A recent tweet led to speculation that we’ll see new tracks from Ri-Ri sooner rather than later:
Burning candles inside of the studio, rappin n prayin… pic.twitter.com/sll5FbRDCT
— Rihanna (@rihanna) October 8, 2014
If you’re an NYU art student, then you might have had the luck of getting Michael Stipe as your art professor this semester. Stipe is teaching courses as part of his artist’s residency and his students are being asked to participate in collaborative project called NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE. The work will be on display in at the 80 WSE Gallery in Manhattan until November 8. In regards to the project, Stipe said, “I see our work in class as an extended exercise in cutting through the muck and getting to the real thing…most importantly how [the students] process all of this and create a contributing voice that is unique to them and to these times.” Meanwhile, some of the kids are confused about whether or not he’s the guy who sang the placenta song or if he’s in Coldplay.
It looks like Chief Keef might have a new venture. In addition to his continued work with Kanye West and the release of his self-produced track “Wait” last month, Keef seems to be the proud owner of a new GloGang weed shop. Open seven days a week, it looks like he’s taking the enterprise seriously as well.
me an @wolf_daboss just open a new GLO gang weed shop were u can find me an my OG… Open tomorrow from 10:00 to 12:00 7 days a week gang shit
If you were worried about Lorde’s reaction to those South Park episodes, don’t fret. The pop star isn’t taking them to heart, in fact, she doesn’t even watch the Comedy Central show. But she did take to Twitter to respond to all the commentary:
i don't actually watch south park but from what i can tell sia was involved and someone's mum said something really nice about me.. score!
— Lorde (@lordemusic) October 9, 2014
This is actually a great, mature reaction to being featured on South Park. Some people haven’t handled it as well.
Jack White stopped by Ellen to perform for her audience and have an uncomfortable chat with the talk show host about broken ankles and his children. She asked White, “What kind of dad are you?” and he responded, “I try to keep them centered on things that are mechanical.” So he’s not a soccer dad, he’s a…mechanical dad? That’s such a Jack White answer.
Also, if you woke up this morning and thought, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to see Bun B in a toothpaste commercial?” well then. Here you go, Happy Friday.